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Christopher Hitchens

'We Tortured Some Folks,' But 'That's Not Who We Are'

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Allowing CIA career employees or contractors to get away with torturing people free from legal accountability telegraphs to the rest of the world that the United States reserves unto itself the right to commit war crimes.

God, Miniature Golf and Happy Holidays

Sheila Blanchette | Posted 12.10.2014 | Fifty
Sheila Blanchette

'Tis the season for wishing folks a Merry Christmas, but during this joyful season there is always that noisy, Scrooge-like crowd who are offended and outraged at the simple cheerful greeting Happy Holidays.

If Jesus Never Existed, Religion May Be Fiction

Nigel Barber | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Nigel Barber

As someone raised in a Christian country, I learned that there was a historical Jesus. Now historical analysis finds no clear evidence that Jesus existed. If not, Christianity was fabricated, just like Mormonism and other religions. Why do people choose to believe religious fictions?

God Doesn't Need Our Protection

Derek Penwell | Posted 08.12.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

God doesn't need the protection of black belt theological defenders. But to the extent that God gets a kick out of anything, I suspect it has to do with the love we show one another and the awe with which we behold the universe.

First Nighter": A Feeble "Fable," A Lively "So, This Then is Life"

David Finkle | Posted 07.22.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

When Chandra (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) slips happily through an upstage door to smell the trellis roses at the start of A Fable, David Van Asselt's new play at the Cherry Lane, it's the extremely naïve theater-goer who won't immediately guess that the young girl's innocent joy isn't going to last much longer.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 2)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

This is a continuation of my conversation with Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, who I met just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time f...

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 1)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

I met Faisal Saeed Al Mutar recently, just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time from Iraq. Both of us grew up in Middle Eas...

The Spirit of Now

Roger Housden | Posted 03.17.2014 | Religion
Roger Housden

They are drawn to take the journey toward individuation rather than individualism, and for many, that journey is not just a progression toward a healthy ego--invaluable as that is in itself--but also an opening to the transcendent dimensions of human experience.

A Year Without God: A Former Pastor's Journey Into Atheism

Ryan J. Bell | Posted 03.02.2014 | Religion
Ryan J. Bell

For the next 12 months I will live as if there is no God. I will not pray, read the Bible for inspiration, refer to God as the cause of things or hope that God might intervene and change my own or someone else's circumstances. I will visit atheist gatherings and try it on.

Remembering Christopher Hitchens: Religious Belief and Hitch's Greatest Hits

G. Elijah Dann | Posted 02.17.2014 | Books
G. Elijah Dann

Was Hitchens' incredulity acerbic and coarse? Irreverent and obscene? Depends on your tastes and sensitivities. More importantly, these qualities were imbedded in charm and wit that set up the discussion of religion in a way that awoke our reflective capacities.

Atheist Mega-Churches May Help Mend Relationships With Faithful

Eliyahu Federman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Eliyahu Federman

There has been a recent surge of "atheist mega-church" gatherings where nonbelievers pack into rooms for rousing music, inspirational lectures and reflection. It's an attempt to gain the benefit of a religious-like community, but without God.

The Snail and the Digital Hare

David Sable | Posted 12.14.2013 | Media
David Sable

Sounds almost like one of those unfounded Internet myths that get passed around and around and around until they are debunked... and then still get passed around and around and around....

Religious Pluralism, Global Peace, and Higher Education

Joseph L. Subbiondo | Posted 11.17.2013 | College
Joseph L. Subbiondo

Whether or not one has a religion is not important. What is important is to recognize that the majority of people in the world do practice a religion -- and that their beliefs can be a force for good as well as evil.

Why I'm Risking My New Book by Self-Publishing Even Though I'm a Bestselling Author

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 11.09.2013 | Media
Frank Schaeffer

  I'm self-publishing my new novel AND GOD SAID, "BILLY!" Where's my advance? What will I live on? The New York Times won't review a self-publis...

Can We Distinguish Between a Religion and a Con Game?

Nigel Barber | Posted 10.16.2013 | Books
Nigel Barber

Mormonism is an intriguing case history because it has a very shady past but has come to be accepted as a mainstream religion.

The Science Delusion

Ian Williams | Posted 08.09.2013 | Books
Ian Williams

In my latest Catskill Review of Books radio program, I talk to Curtis White about his strong disagreements with the New Atheists, like Dawkins and Hit...

Memo To Pope Francis

Alice Carey | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Alice Carey

Whatever possessed you to give nice atheists a one-way ticket to Heaven? According to Vatican Radio you said: "The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics."

New Atheists, Old Tricks

Davide Mastracci | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Davide Mastracci

I am an atheist because I tend to not believe in things I have no evidence for. Yet New Atheists believe scores of myths, with no evidence, about Muslims and Islam.

LOOK: 50 Hilarious Female Comedians

www.thejanedough.com | Posted 04.21.2013 | Women

“Why are women, who have the whole male world at their mercy, not funny? Please do not pretend not to know what I am talking about.” So wrote C...

Remembering Christopher Hitchens, Nora Ephron, Paul Fussell, and Others

Paula Marantz Cohen | Posted 04.12.2013 | Media
Paula Marantz Cohen

For the past ten years I have been hosting a cable television show, The Drexel InterView, widely distributed throughout local PBS and community-access...

New Study Slams Mother Teresa

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 03.06.2013 | Religion

A new study by Canadian academics says Mother Teresa was a product of hype who housed the poor and sick in shoddy conditions, despite her access to a ...

Was Jefferson For Jesus?­­­ Our Founding Father's Religious Resume

Robert Orlando | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Jefferson, much the deist, held to the idea of a "designer" to explain the scientific origin of the universe. Enlightenment thinkers called this designer the "great clockmaker," but he was not the same God that interceded in the cosmos.

Pope Admits 'Serious Doubts About This Whole Organized Religion Thing,' Announces Resignation

Emmett Rensin | Posted 04.14.2013 | Comedy
Emmett Rensin

After a long night reading the complete works of Christopher Hitchens, binge drinking and googling "proof for God," Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation yesterday, effective February 28th.

The Gospel According To Christopher

Ben Stevens | Posted 02.04.2013 | Religion
Ben Stevens

Regardless of the side of the religious divide you fall on, I propose we join in affirming Hitchens' unencumbered definition of Christianity.

Vanity Fair Poll: Men Are Funnier Than Women

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 12.03.2012 | Comedy

Vanity Fair's January 2013 edition will mark its first-ever Comedy Issue, and as part of its coverage, the magazine teamed up with "60 Minutes" to dis...